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Must-Sees This Week: November 30 to December 6, 2017

A video program on World AIDS Day titled Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings screens December 1 in Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton

Lots of great art exhibitions and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


On December 1, the Alberta College of Art and Design will host a free screening of Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings at 7 p.m. as part of the 28th edition of Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art. More than 100 organizations worldwide will also participate in screening the program, using the project as a way to spark a dialogue about the ongoing AIDS epidemic. The project centres Black narratives in relation to AIDS, and works to support HIV+ artists as well as honouring their legacies. New short films by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell are part of this year’s roster.


Open Space will also be hosting a screening of Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings on the annual Day With(out) Art at 7:30 p.m. on December 1, World AIDS Day. Following the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by artist and curator Megan Quigley with Allicia Chalifour from HEPCBC, Kemi Craig from Students of Colour Collective University of Victoria, and Robert Birch, an artist and community activist.

Over at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Universal Limited will be performing their site-responsive play Japanese Problem on December 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. The work highlights the pain women and children experienced while incarcerated in the Hastings Park livestock building in 1942.


This week, the Art Gallery of Alberta presents the new exhibition “Undaunted: Canadian Women Painters of the 19th Century,” celebrating women in Canada’s art history. Opening on December 2, the exhibition will feature lesser known Canadian women artists, including Albertan women from this time period. Among the artists: Sophie Pemberton, Mary Ella Dignam and Charlotte Schreiber. The exhibition will run until March 25.

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings will also screen on December 1 at 3 p.m. at the University of Alberta.


Join Canadian Art editors Bryne McLaughlin, Merray Gerges and Nicholas Brown for our Winter 2018 issue launch, and for gallery talks too, on December 2 at various locations in Halifax. All events are free. Check our Facebook page for details.

Also on the roster this week thanks to the Narratives in Space and Time Society: On December 3 at 2 p.m., the exhibition “Debris Field Archives” opens at the Chase Gallery at the Nova Scotia Archives. Then, on the same day at 4 p.m., there is a public art walk called Centenary Procession which starts at the parking lot of the Devonshire Arena. The walk, along with the exhibition at the archives, marks the centenary of the Halifax Explosion.

Over at Hermes, the group show “Gems” featuring the work of Robert Bean, Leah Garnett, Sara Hartland-Rowe and others opens December 1 at 6 p.m.


Birch Contemporary presents “The In Vain Coloured Oriole and Other Paintings” by Andy Patton on November 30, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will feature Patton’s latest text paintings, inspired by classical Chinese calligraphy, uniting the visual with the literary. Over at Georgia Scherman Projects, “Material Matters: Investigations into Place and Placement” also opens on November 30. The exhibition brings together work by Jen Aitken and Margaret Priest, who take different approaches to similar endeavours. Elsewhere, the exhibition “Many Feet Have Crossed This Stream” opens on November 30 at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, featuring paintings by Matt Bahen.

On December 1, “separation penetrates” launches at Mercer Union with a reception at 7 p.m. Curated by Jacob Korczynski, the exhibition features work by Emre Hüner, Jen Hutton, Steffani Jemison, Steve Kado, Anne Low, Josephine Pryde and Hassan Sharif. A public talk with Low and Korczynski will take place the following day on December 2 at 2:30 p.m. At Art Metropole, the Gifts by Artists exhibition and sale “Every. Day. Objects.” opens on December 1 featuring works by 29 artists. Also on December 1, Gallery TPW’s “Photorama 2017” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual fundraising exhibition will present photography and lens-based work.

On December 2, Darlene Cole’s “Kissing Trees” opens Bau-Xi Gallery, featuring the latest paintings by the artist, while Jeffrey Milstein’s exhibition “LANY” opens at Bau-Xi Photo, featuring works from Milstein’s new book LANY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York. On December 3, Onsite Gallery presents the talk “Indigenous Art Today” with Lindsay Nixon, Canadian Art’s Indigenous editor-at-large, and Ryan Rice, the curator of “raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015)” currently on view at the gallery. At 2 p.m., Nixon and Rice will discuss issues faced by contemporary Indigenous art.

Visibility, a two-day symposium at the Art Gallery of Ontario on December 3 and 4, brings together artists, writers and scholars working with photography and image culture to consider the potentials and limits of the medium as a vehicle for empathy, agency and freedom, both individual and collective. Speakers include Raymond Boisjoly, Julie Crooks and David Hartt, among many more.

In closing, these days are the last days to see “Migrating the Margins” at the Art Gallery of York University, which wraps on December 3.


Two new exhibitions launch at Equinox Gallery on December 2: Dempsey Bob’s “New Work” and Al McWilliams’ “Floor Thoughts.” A reception will be held on opening day from 2 to 4 p.m.


On December 1, the AIDS Activist History project will host a screening of Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings at 7 p.m.

Studio Sixty Six presents its year-end exhibition “Articulations,” opening on November 30 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Co-curated by Studio Sixty Six and Myka Burke, the exhibition will present work by 39 women/femmes artists working in the nearby area.

In closing, the exhibition “Beneath the Tame” by Mary Anne Barkhouse and Anna Williams at Gallery 101 wraps on December 2, while Annie Thibault’s exhibition “La chambre des cultures, foraging in time and space” at the Carleton University Art Gallery closes on December 3.


“Temporary,” a pop-up special event by Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha’s Show and Tell Poetry Series, & bird, buried press, takes over Evans Contemporary from December 1 to the 30. Over the month, the gallery will host pop-up events, performances and readings, featuring artworks by past artists who have exhibited at the gallery. Works by Sanne de Wild, Christopher Patch, Tasha Doremus, Rick Leong, Joel Davenport and Janne Laine, among others, will be shown.


As part of the programming for the current exhibition “Since Then” on view at the Kamloops Art Gallery, Tania Willard has curated “Over the Horizon of Tomorrow”—a series of three performances by leading international contemporary Indigenous performance artists. The performance series will examine notions of non-binary gender, ancestral legacies, colonial violence and time travel, looking at how cultural translation takes form on Indigenous lands. The first performance is by Jeneen Frei Njootli, taking place on November 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Demian DinéYazhi’ will perform the following performance on December 2 at 2 p.m. and Peter Morin will perform on December 9.


The Winnipeg Art Gallery hosts the third edition of the annual international Symposium on the Future Imaginary, this year titled: “The Future Imaginary: Radically Shifting Our Indigenous Futures Through Art, Scholarship and Technology.” Spanning from November 30 to December 2, panel discussions, film screenings and presentations will delve into discussions on Indigenous art and scholarship, and visions for the future.

Several artists whose work is featured in the gallery’s current “INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE” exhibition will be participating in these symposium discussions. Among the symposium speakers are Candice Hopkins, Julie Nagam, Wanda Nanibush, Jolene Rickard and Scott Benesiinaabandan. A cultural night on November 30 and a family arcade on December 2 are also part of the symposium’s programming. The symposium will also be livestreamed for viewers across the country and internationally.

The Urban Shaman presents “InDigiNous Aotearoa: Virtual Histories, Augmented Futures,” an exhibition by New Zealand Māori artists working with digital media. Opening on December 1 and curated by Reuben Friend, the exhibition features work by seven leading Māori artists who use digital art as a way to create virtual histories.


The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal hosts its next Nocturne event on December 1 starting at 5 p.m. In addition to the current exhibition “Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything” on view, interactive tours, art workshops and a dance performance, as well as karaoke in honour of Cohen, will animate the gallery.

Over at the Maison de l’architecture du Québec, the exhibition “D’ici je regarde une autre ville” by Nantes architects Detroit and Fichtre opens on November 30, a culmination of their month-long residency and reflection on the city of Montreal.

In closings, the exhibition “Owerà:ke Non Aié:nahne (Filling in the Blank Spaces)” runs until December 2 at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. As part of its programming, the third edition of the annual Symposium for the Future Imaginary will be live-streamed within the gallery from the Winnipeg Art Gallery on November 30 and December 1. These are also the last days to catch Meryl McMaster’s exhibition “In-Between Worlds” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, closing on December 3.


A public art talk and workshop is on tap this week: On November 30 at 7 p.m. at the Frances Morrison Library, Barbara Cole of Vancouver’s Cole Projects gives a lecture about the joys and challenges of commissioning public art.

At the Gallery/art placement a year-end group show opens December 2 at 2 p.m. Watch for new work by Rebecca Perehudoff and a series of expressionistic abstract-figurative works by Leesa Streifler, as well as paintings by Cameron Forbes.


As part of the programming for its current 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art “Downtown/s – Urban Renewals Today for Tomorrow,” the Art Gallery of Windsor will be presenting two artist talks. On November 30, Laura Marotta will discuss her work at 6 p.m., followed by Nadja Pelkey and Joey Stewart at 7 p.m.


The Yellow Box Gallery presents work by Diana Thorneycroft in the exhibition “Carnival of Tails, Tongues and Other Protrusions.” Opening on November 30 and running until January 30, the show by this Winnipeg artist will showcase new drawings.


Le centre Bang presents new work by Laurent Lévesque at their Espace Séquence location on November 30. The exhibition “L’apparente simultanéité des étoiles dans le ciel d’aujourd’hui” will showcase eight new works by the artist, created during the artist’s spring residency at the centre.


The Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre present the exhibition “In shadows of the individual” curated by Yasmin Nurming-Por. Opening on December 6, the exhibition will feature film works by Richelle Bear Hat, Deanna Bowen and Althea Thauberger that will collectively look how the individual locates itself in relation to familial structures and kin, as well as within structures of late capitalism. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.


The Orillia Museum of Art & History presents the exhibition “Those Who Do…Teach” on December 2 with an opening receptions from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibition features work by select faculty and technicians from the Georgian College School of Design and Visual Arts. The exhibition will also reflect on themes of generational mentorship and experiential teaching pedagogies.

These must-sees are selected from submissions and press releases sent to at least two days prior to publication. Listings can be found at

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